Set in a fantasy world modeled after Tolkien's Middle Earth, this darkly comedic political satire about American politics follows the antics of the 'Shrub' as he snivels and claws his way into the highest estates of power. Yet all is not lost. At the pastoral Rivendale Country Club a "fellowship" of heroes have gathered to strategize over how to beat the Dark Lord at his game. Can these unionist dwarves, capitalist rangers and tree-hugging elves settle on a plan, before the world is cast into eternal winter? Rich with stunning landscapes, colorful, original costumes, fanciful makeup and a haunting original musical score, THE NINE far exceeds the limitations of its home-grown indie budget!
This movie is part of the collection: Community Video
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Bush administration; political satire; activism; dark humor; middle earth; dwarves; elves; dragons; politics; progressive politics; Supreme Court; fantasy; indie films; short films; fiction; Tolkien; original works; new films
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October 14, 2005
Several Early Viewer Comments
Here's a sample of comments from people who saw THE NINE as guest screeners in the week prior to the November 2004 election.
"This is exquisite!... Absolutely BRILLIANT!!!! It may take a while to download, but it's well worth it! (I'm still trying to catch my breath!). --Dave McLaughlin, from a posting at Serge's Blogspot (http://sergesblog.blogspot.com). Dave is a Sept. 11 World Trade Center survivor and Irish Gaelic speaker (Daithi Mac Lochlann) who lives in New York.
"The Nine rocks man! I'd like to show my friends!"--A. Deen (via e-mail)
"Very inventive and unusual!" --Scott Billups, Author of "Digital Moviemaking" (and cinematographer extraordinaire). Check out his website at www.pixelmonger.com. He's currently doing the special effects for Oliver Stone's Alexander the Great.
"Political satire at a very high level: (This will take about 20 minutes
to view, but it's well worth it.) You may want to see it more than
once."--Paul Manoff, Faculty, UNE
"Good work!"--Thom Hartmann, Author of "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" (a fabulous ecological book) and host of the Thom Hartmann radio show. (www.thomhartmann.com).
"It's fantastic! It's so cool people are doing such creative things to deal with Curious George."--Maria Corkery, Portland, Maine
"The story is great. it had me thinking all weekend. I was totally impressed with the image quality - how well you got everything to match. Whatever you did in After Effects gives the Beta a real film quality, yet the sharpness and the color is there. Exposures are very consistent, and match the backgrounds well. Overall this is a great technical achievement. I'm sure it will excite other independent filmmakers, when they see how effectively you have used virtual sets!"--Eric Jurgenson, Maine Video Systems, (commenting on the DVD version of the project.)
"Funny as hell. Makes a point too!"--Aurora Fauna--Canada